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What to look for when buying artwork 

Art collectors have their choices when it comes to collecting art. Some collectors deeply love paintings, while others prefer sculptures or photographs, just like some people enjoy chocolate ice cream, and others go wild for vanilla. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to collecting art.

What makes art collecting fascinating is that it’s a personal journey. It’s like finding that perfect pair of jeans that fits just right or discovering a book that you can’t put down. Art collectors follow their hearts; their choices are as unique as their fingerprints.

When collectors hunt for a new piece to add to their collection, they often look for something that moves them. It could be a feeling of joy, nostalgia, or even mystery. They want art that tells a story that speaks to them in a language only they understand. It’s a bit like finding a new friend who shares your secrets.

But there’s more to it than just feelings. Collectors also consider the artist’s reputation and the history of the artwork. They think about how rare or valuable it might become over time, like a limited edition toy that becomes a collector’s dream.

So, in this blog, we will uncover the hidden gems of an art collector’s mind. We’ll explore what they feel and think when hunting for a new piece of art for their collection. Get ready for a journey into the world of art collecting!

Let’s begin,

An emotion that connects them with the artwork 

One of the first things art collectors look for in an artwork is how it makes them feel. It’s like choosing your favorite song – you pick the one that stirs something inside you. Collectors want art that resonates with them emotionally.

Imagine standing in front of a painting, and it brings a smile or makes you reflect on life’s mysteries. That’s the kind of art collectors often seek. They want pieces that connect with them on a deep, personal level.

For some collectors, the bright colors evoke happiness, while for others, it’s the calmness of a serene landscape. Emotions are like the secret code art collectors use to choose their treasures. So, if an artwork can make their hearts skip a beat or their minds wander, it’s likely to catch their attention.

The story behind that artwork

Beyond emotions, art collectors are often drawn to the stories that artworks tell. Consider it like reading a fascinating book – collectors want art with a narrative.

Imagine a painting that depicts an old, abandoned house. To some, it may just be a house, but to collectors, it might represent the passage of time, the memories left behind, and the mysteries hidden within its walls. It’s like a book waiting to be read, each brushstroke revealing a new chapter.

Ni una menos (Not one less) by Marilupe Garcia de Quevedo

Collectors appreciate art that sparks their curiosity. They love to imagine the artist’s journey, the inspiration behind the work, or the message it conveys. These stories add meaning to the artwork, making it more than a pretty picture. It becomes a window into another world, a conversation starter, or a reminder of something significant.

So, when collectors browse for new pieces, they often seek good art with a story to tell. 

The artist’s aura

Another crucial factor that art collectors consider is the reputation of the artist. It’s similar to how you might trust a favorite author to write a great book or a well-known chef to prepare a delicious meal. Collectors often seek works by artists who have made a mark in art.

Imagine you’re at an art gallery and see two beautiful paintings. One is by a renowned artist whose works are displayed in museums worldwide, and the other is by an emerging talent. Collectors might be more inclined to choose the artwork by the established artist because they trust the quality and value of their work.

The artist’s reputation can add a layer of trust and prestige to an artwork. Collectors believe that owning a piece by a respected artist is acquiring a beautiful creation and a piece of art history. It’s like owning a rare autographed book or a limited edition collectible.

While emerging artists can offer exciting new perspectives, established artists often have a track record of producing consistent, valuable, and sought-after art.

Waiting to Wait by Heidi Brueckner
Dracena by Heidi Brueckner

 So, when collectors consider adding a piece, the artist’s aura plays a significant role in their decision-making process.

Chasing the rare and unique

Collectors have a keen eye for spotting art that’s beautiful and rare. Imagine if you had a chance to own a one-of-a-kind item that no one else has – that’s the allure of rarity in art collecting.

When collectors hunt for artworks, they often look for artworks that are unique or limited in number. It’s like finding a rare gem in a sea of stones. These limited editions or rare finds can become prized possessions.

For collectors, rarity adds a layer of exclusivity and desirability to an artwork. It’s like owning a piece of history or a collector’s item. They know rare artworks can be appreciated over time, much like a vintage car or a rare coin.

But rarity isn’t just about scarcity; it’s also about uniqueness. Collectors may be drawn to art that showcases a distinctive style, technique, or subject matter. They want pieces that stand out and that are different from the rest.

Sometimes, it’s just the art that looks good to them…

Art collectors often begin their journey by following their instincts – they look for art that looks good to them. It’s like choosing the tastiest-looking dish at a restaurant or the coziest sweater in a store. 

Collectors often trust their initial reactions to art. They’re more likely to consider adding it to their collection if it visually grabs their attention.

For collectors, the aesthetics of an artwork play a significant role in their decision-making process. They want pieces they can proudly display in their homes or galleries, which others will admire. It’s like finding a decor that fits and elevates the entire room.

 It’s like falling in love at first sight – collectors know when they’ve found something special.

As we conclude our journey into the minds of art collectors, we hope you’ve gained a deeper understanding of what makes their hearts skip a beat when they encounter a new artwork. 

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or an emerging artist looking to make your mark, know that the art world is filled with endless possibilities. Keep exploring, creating, and cherishing the beauty that art brings to our lives. Like collectors, you, too, can transform a canvas, a sculpture, or a photograph into a masterpiece that captures hearts and imaginations. 

So, embrace your unique journey in the art world, and who knows, your next discovery or creation might become the gem collectors eagerly seek. Happy collecting and creating

If you’re an emerging artist reading this…

If you’re an emerging artist reading our blog and you aspire to gain recognition, so that art collectors can appreciate your work, the ‘Arts to Hearts Project’ has an exciting opportunity just for you! 

We proudly introduce the “100 Artworks from Emerging Artists: 2023 Women’s Edition”, the first edition of this new publication by Arts to Hearts Project. This book aims to be a unique platform designed to shine light and discover innovative, unique, and creative artworks made in 2023 by up-and-coming women in the Arts.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to shine in the art world!

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